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Be At Peace

Be tough in the way a blade of grass is: rooted, willing to lean, and at peace with what is around it.

– Natalie Goldberg

Be at peace with all who surround you

Be at peace with all who surround you

How Can We Be Peace in the World?

I so admire the work of Etty Hillesum – the depth of her spirituality in the face of the Nazi death camps was extraordinary. On this day, Memorial Day, that we celebrate the women and men who have fought to protect us, we pray for the day when we may all experience peace and we will “study war no more.” Perhaps Etty can show us a way there.

Ultimately we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it toward others. The more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world.

Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life: the Journal of a Young Jewish Woman

This globe at the U.N. building in New York expresses the hope of peace in our world

This globe at the U.N. building in New York expresses the hope of peace in our world

May Our Lives Bring forth Christ in our World

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We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly, but does not take place within myself? And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture? This, then, is the fullness of time: When the Son of Man is begotten in us.

– Meister Eckhart, 1260-1328, German Dominican Mystic

Where Can We Find Peace?

In you, O God, I have found peace

Monday’s Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 131:1,2,3) leads us to peace.

In you, O God, I have found my peace.

O God, my heart is not proud,
nor are my eyes haughty;
I do not busy myself with great things,
nor with things too sublime for me.

In you, O God, I have found my peace.

Rather, I have stilled and quieted
my soul like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother’s lap,
so is my soul within me.

In you, O God, I have found my peace.

O Israel, hope in God
both now and forever.

In you, O God, I have found my peace.

God Proclaims Peace

This United Nations flag was retrieved from the site of the bombing at the Canal Hotel, UN Headquarters, Baghdad, Iraq, 13 August 2003

















It is so very clear that God proclaims peace. Why are we so intent on declaring war?

Tuesday’s responsorial psalm is Psalm 85 where we hear,

I will hear what God proclaims . . . peace.
. . . Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss.
. . . The Lord speaks of peace to the people.

It’s Not About Where You’re From

We put a lot of importance in ethereal things like status and material things like money. But it’s not about what we have or where we’re from. It’s how we live our lives. In Saturday’s Gospel reading from the 11th chapter of Luke, we read:

While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”

How shall we then live?
Sculpture found at the UN Building in New York

Gratitude and Wanting What We Have

Gratitude is the intention to count-your-blessings every day, every minute, while avoiding, whenever possible, the belief that you need or deserve different circumstances.
– Timothy Miller,
author of How to Want What You Have

If we could remember this, and put it into practice, we would find the joy and the peace we seek.

The peace of the Bolinas Lagoon